Emancipation Park’s historic 2014 Juneteenth Emancipation Celebration marks the 151st anniversary of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation;  the 142nd celebration in Emancipation Park (currently hosted by Friends of Emancipation Park) and the 41st year of central Houston Juneteenth Parades!


Directions to Emancipation Park...
                      3018 Dowling at Elgin, Houston, TX 77004...
MAP
             

The place where Juneteenth Began!....

 

A brief history...

Rev. Jack Yates
 

JUNETEENTH pays tribute to the announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas by Union General Gordon Granger (and 2,000 federal troops) in Galveston, Texas in June of 1865--nearly 3 years after Abraham Lincoln had declared all slaves be freed.


In 1872, Freeman's town residents Jack Yates, Elias Dibble, Richard Allen & Richard Brock purchased 10 acres at Dowling & Elgin and dedicated "Emancipation Park"--the first public park in the state of Texas-- as a place to celebrate their freedom,  informally called “Juneteenth” and shortened way of saying “June 19th”. 


In 1973, C. Anderson Davis, founder of The National Emancipation Association, initiated Houston's  Juneteenth Parade--initially going down Dowling Street to end at Emancipation Park.  With desegregation, the parade moved into downtown Houston.  In 2012, it returned to Third Ward.


Rev. C. Anderson Davis


In 1979, State Representative Al Edwards sponsored the bill that made June 19th an official  Texas State holiday beginning in 1980. 


...Texas State Representative Al Edwards


THE PRESENT: Emancipation Park’s 2014 Juneteenth Emancipation Celebration commemorates 151 years since the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation; the 142nd celebration in Emancipation Park (the oldest in the world) and the 41st year of Houston’s official inner-city Juneteenth Parades.


THE FUTURE: Because of Emancipation Park’s amazing history and its surprising distinction of being the first public park in the State of Texas, the Friends of Emancipation Park are currently orchestrating an infusion of $33 million dollars into a renovation and major upgrade of the park by the City of Houston, local businesses and private donors.


Join us as we celebrate Freedom!

 




Emancipation Park Festival & Parade Registration:

To reserve your space, see below or CLICK HERE


Juneteenth2014-VendorInfoPacket-6pg.pdf

Sponsoring Non-Profit
Organizations:

  Friends of Emancipation Park
   Board President:  Dorris Ellis


Volunteer Board

Doris M. Mills-Norris

Alexander Mills III

Martin Moore

Charles Norris

T. R.  Reed

Gail Revis

Dorothee Sauter

Cynthis Savoie

Patricia Shelby

Atty. Dennis Spurling

Cleo Stewart

Vernon Turner

Dr. Alvia Wardlaw

Kijana Wiseman


Atty. Barry Barnes

Harold Blackwell

Curtis Cole Jr

Robert Cole

Yolanda Cole

James Cox

Donna Flowers

Eugene Foney

Dr. Doris Forte

Rhonda Gills

Linda Guidry

Kathryn Griffin

Carol Ray-Holmes

Jeanette Lastrope




 

Check back later for more information on
2012 Juneteenth Events

...or send an email to  info@juneteenthfest.com

National
Emancipation Association, Inc.

www.neausa.org   

832-800-4353


Executive Director:  Curtis Cole


Directors


President

Mr. Vernon Turner


Vice President

Mrs. Doris M. Mills-Norris


1st Vice President

Mrs. Cynthis Savoie


Secretary

Ms. Jetta Shambee


Treasurer

Ms. Rhonda Gills


Chaplain/Historian

Mr. Vernon Turner


Public  Relations

Mr. T. R.  Reed


Members

Harold Blackwell

Alexander Mills III

Robert Cole

Martin Moore

Curtis Cole Junior

Yolanda Cole





 

Return to where it all began...
Emancipation Park!

Sponsored by Friends of Emancipation Park!....


DATES:  June 1-19, 2014...

PLACE:  Emancipation Park

               3018 Dowling at Elgin, Houston, TX 77004...MAP


Mark your calendars for  family fun at the park where Juneteenth celebrations began!


Featuring:  Miss Juneteenth Pageant, Beauty and the Beast Tea, Golf Tournament, Movies plus the longest running Juneteenth Parade and Festival in the world!


CLICK HERE to visit the Friends’ website


FRIENDS OF EMANCIPATION PARK
JUNETEENTH SCHEDULE:

 

Sat • June 7 • 2pm

Emancipation Park  •  $5

Mr & Ms. Juneteenth Pageant:

Poise and talent from young people ages 3-19. Director:  Ms. Mildred Johnson

tickets@juneteenthfest.com


Sun • June 8 •  3pm

Emancipation Park  •  $25

Beauty and the Beast Tea

Bikers and Princesses & Tea Settings and Prizes!

tickets@juneteenthfest.com


Mon • June 9  •  2pm

Emancipation Park • Free

12pm EP Kids Luncheon

2pm Children’s Fun Day in the Park

Storytelling, Arts & Crafts, Games.


Thu • June 12  •  7am

Hermann Park Golf Cntr

Friends of Emancipation Park Annual Golf Tournament.  A fundraiser by Friends of Emancipation Park. 

Entry fee: $150/person; $500/four player team. Info: 713-443-9774 or golf@juneteenthfest.com



Fri • June 13  •  5-8pm

Emancipation Park  •  Free

Freedom Movie Nite!
Great Movies & Discussion



Sat • June 14  •  10am-1pm

Emancipation Park   •  Free

7am  "Tour the Hood" Bike Ride

10am "Healthy Families Workshop"

12pm "Freedom Genealogy Workshop



Saturday, June 15, 2014 • 5-6pm

Emancipation Park
JUNETEENTH PARADE

“Education to Emancipation....Return to where it all began!”

The Emancipation Park Juneteenth Parade will begin staging at TSU, from  the corner of  Wheeler and Ennis west towards  Dowling;  the parade will then march north on Dowling to Emancipation Park.  (12 blocks)


To reserve your space, see below or CLICK HERE

Houston’s Juneteenth Parade culminating in Emancipation Park, was originally founded in 1973, by Rev. C. Anderson Davis and the National Emancipation Association, this historic parade is the longest running parade honoring African American freedom in history.  In 2012, the Friends of Emancipation Park brought the parade back to Dowling Street and Emancipation Park where it initially began. This is a people’s  parade, featuring anyone who wants to participate, walkers, strollers, wheelchairs, bikes will be joined by Floats, Western Wagons, Trail Riders and Marching Bands from Houston area high schools and colleges.



This year’s parade is hosted by
the
Friends of Emancipation Park.


Participation in the parade is Free to  musicians, dancers, drill teams, drumlines, and anyone individuals walking , or utilizing non-motorized or handicap vehicles! 


FREE TO ...Individuals and walking families,
     Parents with Strollers, Wheelchairs, Handicapped,    
    
Non-motorized Bikes & Tricycles, etc.

OTHERS:

     Motorcycles, Golf Carts & Horses: $10 each,

     Walking Non-Profit Organizations and Clubs: $25

     Cars, Vans and Trucks:  $50

     Corporate Sponsors and Floats:  $250



To Reserve your space below or CLICK HERE

For more parade info:  parade@juneteenthfest.com

or call 832-800-4353



Parade Route:

The parade will begin staging at 4pm on June 15th at the TSU’ Health
and Physical Educaton  Bulding  on the corner of 4400 Ennis and
Wheeler St, Houston, TX 77004.  Line up will go west down Wheeler to Dowling.
The Parade will travel north on Dowling to end at historic Emancipation Park.  Total parade distance:  12 blocks


PARADE LINE UP 4pm ....PARADE STARTS 5- 6pm 


Click here for more info.


LOCATIONS in this Listing:

     Emancipation Park,
     3018 Dowling, Houston 77004...Map


    Jones Hall,
     615 Louisiana, Houston 77002...Map


     Mt. Horeb Baptist Church,
     118 West Gray, Houston 77019...Map


     SHAPE Commuity Center,
     3915 Live Oak, Houston, Tx 77004 MAP


    South Union Bar & Grill,
     7407 Scott Street, Houston, Tx 77021..MAP


     Quail Valley Golf Course,
     2880 La Quinta Dr, Missouri City, Tx 77459..MAP


Sat • June 14  •  4-6pm  
Parade from TSU to Emancipation Park!

The Emancipation Park

The Emancipation Park juneteenth Parade
Emancipation Park’s Juneteenth Parade will begin staging at TSU, at the corner of  Wheeler and Ennis;  go west on Wheeler to Dowling;  then march  north on Dowling to Emancipation Park.  (1.1 mile)


FREE TO ...Bands, Drumlines, Dance Groups, Cheer & Step Teams, etc.. and walking families,  Parents with Strollers, wheelchairs,Handicapped,  Non-motorized Bikes & Tricycles, etc.

OTHERS:

     Motorcycles: $10 each,

     Walking Non-Profits and Clubs: $25

     Cars, Vans and Trucks:  $50

     Corporate Sponsors and Floats:  $250

parade@juneteenthfest.com


Sat • June 14  •  4-9pm  
Emancipation Park   •  Free

Juneteenth Parade Freedom Fest

Parade ends here with Entertainment, food & Vendors! vendors@juneteenthfest.com


Sun • June 15  •  3-5:30pm

Emancipation Park   •  Free

Freedom Sunday with Spiritual/Religious Musical & Dramatic Entertainment.  FreedomSunday@juneteenthfest.com 


Mon • June 16  •  2pm

Emancipation Park   •  Free

The Lonal X. Robinson Freedom Stars Talent Show   Youth individuals and groups compete for a grand prize.

Application:  TalentShowAppl.pdf talentshow@juneteenthfest.com  vendors@juneteenthfest.com

Emancipation Park Festival & Parade Downloads:

VENDOR / EXHIBITOR / VOLUNTEER / SPONSOR APPLICATION AND FORMS

Juneteenth2012-6pg Sponsor & Vendor Packet & Order Form.pdf

  1.     Volunteer & Donation Form.pdf       •   Parade Application.pdf

  2. Juneteenth Talent Show Application.pdf


Dwight Baxter’s newest production


Freedmen’s Town



A GOSPEL MUSICAL


Juneteenth Friday,

June 15, 2012 •  7 pm Dinner....8pm Show


Bible Way Baptist Church

West Gray, Houston Texas 77019...Map




Discover another chapter in the the history of Freedman’s Town and Juneteenth’s beginnings in this remarkable production.


Tickets:  $20
(CLICK FOR ONLINE PURCHASE)





More Information: Dwight Baxter, Citywide Center for the Performing and Visual Arts...832-546-5910

 

VENDORS, EXHIBITORS
& SPONSORS...


Join us at Emancipation Park June 15 & 19! 

Non-Profit Organization Information table spaces are
$50 per day


Non-food, small business vendor table spaces are
$150 for 1 day
+ $50 for the additional day


Non-food vendors 10x10’ booth spaces for vendor provided tents are $275 for 1 day

+ $75 each additional day!


Food vendors, corporate and

Double Booth 20ft or more are
$275 for one day*

+$150 for each additional day.


(*Fees and permits required by the
City of Houston are additional.)

   FOOD VENDORS: 
City of Houston Temporary
Food Vendor’s Permit Application..

JUNE 8th APPLICATION  DEADLINE:
Direct Link: http://www.houstontx.gov/health/Food/forms.html

  ...or Form:

CityOfHouston-TempFoodPermitPkg.pdf


Pay your vendor fees below via the special  MoShows.com paypal account for Emancipation Park Festival electronic payment...

JOIN US!


SEND IN THE FORM BELOW TO...

  1. BulletRESERVE EVENT TICKETS...

  2. BulletMAKE A RESERVATION FOR A BOOTH...

  3. BulletVOLUNTEER...

  4. BulletPERFORM AT THE FESTIVAL...

  5. BulletBE IN THE PARADE, ETC!


You may pay your parade fees on the day of the parade via cash
check or money order, or in advance by sending a check to

  

Friends of Emancipation Park

P. O. Box 8041,  Houston Texas 77288


You may also pay in advance with a credit or debit card via the special 
Paypal account charge block above for Emancipation Park Festival electronic payments!


TO DOWNLOAD A

Friends of Emancipation Park

10% OFF

JUNETEENTH DISCOUNT
AT PARTICIPATING HOUSTON ESTABLISHMENTS

CLICK HERE:  1pg  Schedule + Discount.pdf

*Not valid with any other offer.    Expires June 30, 2012

Send a tax-deductible donation of any amount to the Friends of Emancipation Park...

June 19  •  11am-8pm

Emancipation Park   •  Free


SPECIAL EVENTS:
11am:  Healthy Living Discussion with Cardiovascular Surgeons/Public (Invite your organizations)

11:45am:  City of Houston Dignitaries will share the progress of  the $33 million dollar Emancipation Park Renovation! (Invite your organizations)


142nd Annual Juneteenth Festival w/ Legacy Stories, & the Gathering of Artifacts; Vendors, Church Choirs, Contests, Bands, Arts & Crafts, Musical/Drama Entertainment, Speeches... & more! performer@juneteenthfest.com  vendors@juneteenthfest.com

Mayor Parker

Congresswoman

Sheila Jackson-Lee

and Mayor Annise Parker Led Houston’s  Emancipation Park 2013 Juneteenth Parade...


Annise Parker, Mayor of Houston, was a welcomed attraction at the historic Emancipation Park Juneteenth Parade and community music fest in Houston's Third Ward on June 15th. 



Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee served as the parade's Grand Marshall.  Also in attendance were City Councilmembers Wanda Adams, Andrew Burkes and Larry Green

 

The parade to Emancipation Park  is the world's oldest parade celebrating African-American freedom and will begin at 5 PM, traveling north from the corner of Dowling and Wheeler to end at a community music festival at Emancipation Park...the place where Juneteenth began. 


The City of Houston, local businesses and The Friends of Emancipation Park expect to break ground on a 33 million dollar renovation of the Park, October 26th of this year. All Juneteenth proceeds benefit the renovation fundraising efforts.